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Can Sex Offenders Be Barred From Social Media? Justices Lean Toward No

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:59:00 -0500

The court heard two cases today: One on whether the government can deport a resident for a statutory rape conviction, and another on whether a state can criminalize social media use for sex offenders.

Privacy Paradox: How To Gain More Control Over Your Data

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:37:26 -0500

The WNYC podcast, "Note to Self," conducted an experiment called The Privacy Paradox, which involved thousands of people who tried to strengthen control over their personal information online.

North Carolina Law Makes Facebook A Felony For Former Sex Offenders

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:33:00 -0500

North Carolina has a law banning sex offenders from social media. The state says sex offenders use sites to find future child victims. The court will decide if this is constitutional.

To Keep Teens Safe Online, They Need To Learn To Manage Risk

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:38:00 -0500

Teens should be included in efforts to mitigate their online risks, researchers say, but apps focus more on parents controlling access by monitoring and blocking sites.

The Early 2000s Are Calling: New Nokia 3310 Phones Revealed

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:45:00 -0500

We reported earlier this month on rumors that the Internet's favorite indestructible brick of a phone would be returning to shelves. Now it's official. The not-so-smartphone will cost about $50.

Reading The Game: Shadow Of Mordor

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:00:13 -0500

As part of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we're looking at a game where the story fails: Shadow of Mordor, which won awards for its gameplay, but lacks a compelling narrative.

Go To College, Play Video Games. E-Sports Make A Play For The Big Ten

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:54:00 -0500

There's no prize money involved, although League of Legends maker Riot Games offers scholarships for the e-sports teams at Ohio State and competitors at other Big Ten campuses.

Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:41:00 -0500

Mark Zuckerberg has announced a plan to make Facebook the only primary platform people use to connect to others virtually. But he fails to discuss the responsibilities that come with that power.

Looking Past Words: Twitter Movement Helps People Notice Typefaces

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:49:00 -0500

Each week, the Design Museum in London announces a theme for #FontSunday, and enthusiasts search for interesting examples to share on Twitter.

Your Shareable Google Maps Lists May Be Really Interesting To Advertisers

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:01:00 -0500

A new feature allows users to create lists of places and share them with friends. Is Google Maps trying to become a social network or to collect more information about its users? Maybe both.

Banned In Germany: Kids' Doll Is Labeled An Espionage Device

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:51:00 -0500

The doll Cayla looks like an everyday toy and gives no notice that it collects and transmits everything it hears, German regulators say.

Nokia's Famously Indestructible Phone Rumored To Be Returning To Shelves

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:11:00 -0500

Launched in 2000, the Nokia 3310 was a rugged little brick that won Internet fame for its durability. There are rumors, which HMD Global won't confirm, that the company is bringing the phone back.

Disney Company Drops YouTube Star PewDiePie Over Anti-Semitic Jokes

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:59:00 -0500

More than 50 million people are subscribed to videos by gamer and comedian Felix Kjellberg. Now he's lost a lucrative contract with a Disney-owned firm, The Wall Street Journal reports.

'Aisles Have Eyes' Warns That Brick-And-Mortar Stores Are Watching You

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:36:23 -0500

Consumers have grown accustomed to the idea of online retailers collecting information about them, but author Joseph Turow says that now physical stores are doing it too.

Reading The Game: The Flame In The Flood

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0500

In The Flame in the Flood, you play as a young girl surviving in a post-apocalyptic landscape, floating down a river on an improvised raft, with nothing but your wits and your faithful dog beside you.